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Iraq

Preacher of al-Nuri mosque urges rebuilding trust between Mosul and Baghdad

By Rudaw 29/6/2017
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Mullah Hamoud Hilali was the preacher at Mosul’s al-Nuri mosque before ISIS. He was there when Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared his caliphate three years ago today.

Afterwards, he was stripped of his job and retired. 

With the liberation of al-Nuri mosque just days after ISIS blew up the historic site, Hilali warns that ISIS gained a foothold in Mosul because the people had been discriminated against and exploited by Baghdad. 

To fully eradicate such extremist groups, he says it is crucial to rebuild trust between the Iraqi government and the people of Mosul. 

Comments

 
Ister | 30/6/2017
Isis always knew they could lose the war. That is why Isis soldiers keep their faces covered in photographs published by their propaganda department. If they are so sure Isis caliphate is here forever they won't have their face covered. They will proudly display their face for the world to see. Only the diehard who knew they are going to sacrify their life show their faces to the world.
Chris | 30/6/2017
"Hilali stood behind Baghdadi as the mosque's preacher." So he also gave him his support. That's the trouble with these people. They claim ignorance about the true character and aims of Baghdadi and Da'esh, yet they helped them gain power. It's not enough to blame the previous behaviour of the Baghdadi government. They must blame themselves for their stupidity.
Adam | 1/7/2017
So if they feel discriminated thay go to support a terrorist group like IS?? Shut up Hilali you Sudi puppet
AY | 1/7/2017
What a loss, loss of people and historical places
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